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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Crossing


A weekly event on my blog where I post about books (not necessarily pre-release or new) that I've just added to my wishlist, along with a little blurb on why I want to read it.
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Crossing
by Andrew Xia Fukuda
release date: 27 April 2010
A loner in his all-white high school, Chinese-born Xing (pronounced "Shing") is a wallflower longing for acceptance. His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee. Xing’s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples through the blue collar community in which he lives. Amidst the chaos surrounding him, only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, takes notice of some peculiar sightings around town. He begins to investigate with the hope that if he can help put an end to the disappearances, he will finally win the acceptance for which he has longed. However, as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck. While Xing races to solve the mystery and clear his name, Crossing hurtles readers towards a chilling climax.

Why it's on my wishlist
I have Ah Yuan to thank for bringing this to my attention ♥ Chinese-Japanese-American writer FTW! correct Chinese-name pronunciation FTW! Chinese-American teen protagonist FTW! unreliable narrator FTW! I don't even remember the last time I've read about a Chinese-American high-school protagonist, and especially one I can really identify with (the all-white high school part). This will definitely make its way onto my shelf this year!

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9 comments:

Ah Yuan // wingstodust said...

There must be MOAR CROSSING PIMPAGE!! *shot*

Ahaha, all-white school. Doesn't that brings us back to our oh-so-nostalgic high school days? Man, sometimes I wish I could turn back time and then actually cut people with my words everytime they uttered racefail. Starting with those who kept on trying to tell me that All Asians Are Good At Math.

Corrine said...

This sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the heads up, it's now added to my wishlist too. :)

Jaimie said...

I finished CROSSING and saw that there were a couple of you guys already talking about this great new book on-line. I LOVED it. Read it in one sitting. It's obviously cross-over YA with a teenager as the main character. I really liked that it was a male Asian immigrant. Seeing the world through his eyes, with all of the angst, insecurity and hope, was fascinating. I didn't see the end of the book coming. The only thing is, there isn't a LGBT theme to it...more about Asian-American relations. Can't wait to see what others think about this new novel.

Barb said...

This book is a great new literature offering for new emigrants in high school. There are so few YA books with Asian youth,especially male, available for the high school male youth to read. Thanks for bringing this to my attention and I will be suggesting this book for the libraries in my school district.

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Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

Hi, I saw your interview on Bookworking in the 21st Century. "Crossing" seems like a book I would really enjoy. The story seems original as well. I will be placing this on my TBR list.

Stephanie said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. :-)

ninefly said...

@ ah yuan
yeah, I think most of the asian kids went to the other high school (not the religious one, the other one), at least I had you guys lol

@ Jaime
thanks for letting me know! I don't mind if there's no GLBT (don't even remember where I heard this from lol), since I identify with the new immigrant part mostly, really looking forward to this! =)

@ Barb
I'm always looking for novels that focus on Asian diaspora/immigrants, and I'm always excited when I find one
I hope the guys (and girls) at your library would enjoy this title!

@ Corrine, Jennifer, Stephanie
I'm glad I've contributed to your TBR lists =D I do try to feature less well-known books more often since the "bigger" names (which are wonderful books don't get me wrong) are already everywhere lol

Chloe said...

I hadn't heard of this book before... It sounds really interesting!

Lori said...

I have seen this book listed a couple of times. It looks and sounds intriguing. I am just not sure that it is what I would sit down and read. I think I would tend to loose interest in reading it. I hope that you will enjoy it though. Here's Mine